All the necessary ingredients were purchased and waiting by the door. I was 12 years old and ready to open my first retail business: a lemonade stand at a local farmers' market. Who doesn’t like an ice-cold glass of sweet lemonade in the middle of summer?
On that particular day, though, a cold front swept through Brighton, Mich., and the temperature was a brisk 38 degrees. Before I left the house, my mom declared the unfortunate reality presented by the weather and the probable failure of the lemonade stand. She asked very bluntly if I was sure that I still wanted to go ahead.
I just smiled, nodding my head. Indeed I did not sell any lemonade that day, but I manned my booth and walked away with 100 crisp American dollars. I showed up with a smile and discovered that attitude is truly the most awesome tool a person owns. Customers wanted to reciprocate my joy with a small offering and for my lemonade stand business that day it came in the form of tips, not purchases.
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